Excelsior College – with administrative offices located in Albany, New York – is an accredited, recognized leader in removing obstacles to the educational goals of the adult learner. The college provides efficient and affordable access to higher education through multiple avenues to degree completion. Founded as Regents College in 1971 and chartered as a private, nonprofit institution in 1998, the College was renamed Excelsior College in 2001. Excelsior means “ever upward” in Latin, and it reflects the aspirations of our students and graduates. The College has revolutionized adult higher education by recognizing learning wherever and whenever it occurs. Excelsior awards degrees at the associate and bachelor’s levels in liberal arts, nursing, business, technology, and health sciences, and at the master’s level in liberal studies, nursing, and business. Certificate programs are also offered by the Schools of Business & Technology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Nursing, and an array of non-credit courses are offered through the Center for Professional Development. In 2014, the college launched the National Cybersecurity Institute, located in Washington, DC, received a “Best for Vets” designation from Military Times, and graduated students from more than 20 countries.
Excelsior College is a constituent member of The University of the State of New York and has its own charter and Board of Trustees.